New Policy Could ‘Muzzle’ Government Funded Researchers

Will government-funded researchers lose their voices this May? A new regulation may threaten UK scientists’ right to campaign, advise, and speak out about science.

Teaching excellence: Can one size fit all?

In its newly-published green paper (Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice), the Government has outlined its plans to boost teaching standards, increase participation in higher education by people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and ensure students get value for money from higher education. At the heart of these plans is a new Teaching […]

Light and Dark Matters: Sunset walk and talk with artist Susan Schuppli

Artist Susan Schuppli leads a walk in Tate Modern’s surrounding area reflecting on the materiality of sunsets and the politics of light. Why is the sun now setting further west in the arctic regions? How do atmospheric pollutants supercharge the colours of our sunsets? When the sun goes down our AM radio reception fade and […]

Light and Dark Matters: Are we darkened by light?

Human history has been a quest to light the dark, but today most of humanity spends more time bathed in electronic light than our primary source: the sun. What different forms of light are we exposed to, and can we ever switch off? A panel of artists, scientists and architects examine our contemporary urban experiences of […]

The conservation science/policy interface: challenges and opportunities

Good communication between policy makers and scientists is a crucial requirement for developing policies that cost-effectively achieve measurable outcomes in conservation. Yet science and other forms of knowledge are not used effectively in policymaking; and policymakers do not always effectively inform scientists about their needs for scientific knowledge. Why is this so?
This event will bring together ecologists, conservation practitioners and policy-makers to discuss case-studies showing how science – policy interactions work in practice.

Is innovation really benefitting society?

“We need a more open dialogue between engineers and politicians, and an education system that trains future generations to question.” Nino Mancino attended a talk by the late Tony Benn at Imperial College 10 years ago and reported in I, Science Issue 1.

Funding: Too Complex for MPs?

A pressure group called Science for the Future divided opinion among academic scientists in May when it held a satirical funeral in which the deceased was UK science. The wake was composed of 100 angry chemists and physicists. The group drove a black horse-drawn carriage to Downing Street and delivered a petition calling for an […]

Badger, Badger, Badger (Part 2)

In my last post we saw how, following an 8 year trial of badger culling in 2007, the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) concluded that culling could make no meaningful contribution to Bovine Tuberculosis control. This was due to the ‘pertubation effect’ where culling caused badgers to scatter and spread the infection further afield. Following a […]

When Business and Health Collide: Bhopal, India 1984

BY JOSEPH MALONE In 1969, as part of the “green revolution” in India, Union Carbide established a chemical plant in Bhopal to manufacture the pesticide Carbaryl. It contained the lethal compound Methyl Isocyanate (MIC), twice as heavy as air, meaning should a leak occur, it would create a blanket of deadly gas, smothering anything that […]

Can we really afford another COP out?

  Since the disappointment of the 2009 COP15 summit in Copenhagen, derailed by the twin distractions of the escalating global financial crisis and the revelations of the so-called ‘climategate affair’, talks to agree legally-binding global CO2 reduction targets have somewhat lost their way. Now, with just over a year to go before the Kyoto Protocol […]

Tuition Fees

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Imperial College Pull Out

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Political Reception

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Campaigning

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

A Capital Solution

Prominent US environmental advocate, Robert F. Kennedy Jr shocked attendees at last month’s Sustainable Operations Summit in California, by using his keynote speech to extol the benefits of free market capitalism in helping tackle climate change. According to Kennedy, free market capitalism will allow us to effectively tackle climate change by preventing damaging public-private sector […]

For Sale: England’s Woodlands

Everything must go! Please, please, please handle with care. Given the disappointing economic growth figures announced on Tuesday, it is perhaps understandable that the coalition government is resorting to desperate measures in order to save some cash. However, there are many who believe – regardless of how austere times may be –there are certain resources […]

The State of Science

On Tuesday 25th January, President of the United States Barack Obama will give his second State of the Union Address, fulfilling his constitutional duty: ‘He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.’ The […]

A Very Social Revolution

Over recent days, many analysts have been quick to highlight the prominent role that social media technology has played in driving the Tunisian revolution. Of course, Twitter is already widely acknowledged to have played a role in the 2009 Iranian election protests and amateur videos posted online in 2007 allowed the world to see the […]

El Salvador: Climate, Politics, Science

Adrian Giordani – April 2010 The recent catastrophe in Haiti at the start of 2010 has emphasised the very real and current vulnerability of developing countries to unexpected climate change. Only last December, the world’s leaders met at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. The world looked on to see whether an international and legally binding agreement […]